The best blackjack betting strategies
Mr Blackjack shares his tips and tricks for assessing betting systems. Find out whether you should use any of these strategies or avoid them at all costs.
There are many betting strategies out there. Players want to know which is the best, but this depends on your bankroll size, emotional control, and more. Find out with us which betting strategies you should be considering and how you should be adapting these systems to your style.
Players must decide how much risk they're willing to take when assessing which progressive system is the best.
Is it the Martingale, which could have you wagering thousands of dollars to win your initial $10 wager after seven lost hands?
Or is it the 1326 betting system, where you break up your initial wager into units and bet according to the sequence and consecutive wins? It will give you a 12-unit profit, but only if you win four hands in a row.
Or should you consider the 212 Manhattan system, which caps your downside with smaller bets and incrementally increases your unit wager by one every time you win?
Like most betting strategies in table games (including roulette), you will find that if you are on a hot streak, you will say that the betting strategies work.
But was it the strategy or the smart decisions that impacted the outcome of each session, rather than the betting strategies themselves?
You always look like a genius when you 5x your bet on a fourth winning hand in a row, when the shoe is hot and combined with a double down or a split that makes your session.
This will be up to you to decide. There is variance in the beautiful game of blackjack. You will develop your style of betting with experience.
I always tell players is to bet more when the shoe is hot and bet less when it is cold. Don't go chasing losses by upping your bet when the shoe doesn't call for it.
How much do you up to your bet when it's hot? We will look at that in upcoming videos — you don't want to miss out!
What this lesson covers
- Factors to consider with betting strategies
- How to adapt betting systems to their style
- The best betting strategy
Meet Mr Blackjack
With a career spanning two decades, Mathieu Blake knows his way around a blackjack table. He's taught and entertained over 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel NeverSplit10's . In this series he'll take you through basic strategy, card counting, and bankroll management. Take a seat with Mr Blackjack and become a winning player.
- What is the best strategy to win at blackjack?
If you want to learn how to win at blackjack, you need to get the edge over the casino. This requires perfect blackjack strategy and card counting.
- Should I use progressive or negative betting systems in blackjack?
Given neither approach take the house edge, skill, or table rules into account, none of these systems have an advantage over the other.
- Should I follow any blackjack betting strategy?
The best strategy is to apply card counting to your blackjack game and then spread your bets according to the true count. You know when you have the advantage with this approach, and reduce losing your bankroll on risky betting systems.
- How can I be really good at blackjack?
To become an advantage player, focus on building your blackjack skills and making smarter choices. Practice basic strategy and card counting until it’s flawless. Find blackjack games with lenient table rules for players and ones that offer the biggest payouts for your gameplay.
- How do you bet without losing?
It’s statistically impossible to win every time in blackjack. Betting systems like Martingale try to mitigate this by forcing you to increase your wagers after each loss in the hopes you eventually win your money back.
- Do any betting systems pay out in the long run?
Betting systems focus solely on long-term gains, so there is no recommended strategy for long-term success.
- Can I use betting systems in blackjack tournaments?
Yes, although it’s unlikely to help you win more in blackjack. Many blackjack tournaments have a set cash prize. Prioritizing basic strategy and card counting would improve your odds of winning a tournament more than a betting system.